As I see it, there are two main responsibilities a senior pastor has(we can discuss which one is first later), and I see one of them being woefully overlooked. One of these responsibilities is winning souls to Christ and the other is ministering to the Saints. This thread is about the second. Depending upon the kind of man your pastor is, he may mostly preach about “God’s Love” or about “sin/doctrine”(you shouldn’t preach about sin without it going hand in hand with Bible doctrine). Anyway, I love to hear the second kind of preaching(it’s also what I seem to major on). But.... I seem to be seeing more and more of those “good pastors”(that I know), that preach mostly about sin/doctrine, miss-applying their messages. ------------------------ When I preach about sin, I divide it into two categories; (1)A Christian’s sin and (2)A lost person’s sin. A Christian’s sin might be seen as “falling”(from weakness), into temporary sin, that they quickly feel bad about and repent of. And my message to those Christians who seem to have a problem with a stronghold type of sin, that causes them to repeatedly fall into the same kind of sin and repeatedly repent, is a good dose of “real repentance”. But on the other hand, a “lost person’s sin” is one where they have gone headlong into a particular sin and are living in it and seem to be perfectly fine(even blessed by God). God’s Word clearly teaches that this person is not saved and needs to trust Christ as their Savior. ------------------------ But the problem that I am seeing in some of the messages that I hear good men preach, is that they talk about members of their congregation that have been happily living in gross immorality for years and seem to be “patting them on the back”, by only warning them of the Earthly consequences of their sin, and not calling it like it is. This is one of the cruelest things that can be done to a member of your Church. Not warning them that they are most likely unsaved. From a historical point of view, is this kind of misapplication worse now than it was in the past?